Nanotechnology Town Hall on Energy and the Environment


Featuring: Daniel P. Schrag, Harvard University
Focus: Climate, Energy and Innovation

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The Nanotechnology Town Hall Meeting series is designed to explore the many ways in which nanotechnology might impact our world. This Town Hall will feature a layperson-friendly presentation by Professor Daniel Schrag with a focus of Climate, Energy and Innovation.

The Town Hall will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Professor Mark Ratner, Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University.

Daniel P. Schrag
Daniel P. Schrag, Harvard Univ ersity

Climate, Energy and Innovation

The increase in atmospheric CO2 due to burning coal, oil and natural gas represents an unprecedented experiment on the Planet Earth.  Geologic records support the view that future climate change will have a profound impact both on human society and on natural ecosystems.

A daunting challenge is the timescale of climate change.  More than half of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels will remain for hundreds of years, and roughly 20% will be there for tens of thousands of years.

In this context, a variety of strategies will be discussed for meeting the world’s energy needs, preserving economic prosperity and security, while protecting human and natural systems from climate impacts.  In addition, we will explore what strategies might be required if the impacts of climate change are larger than we expect.  In particular, the hard choices that confront U.S. climate policy will be discussed in the context of the need for continuing technological innovation.

Daniel Schrag is the Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University.  Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, from the early history of Mars and Earth, trying to understand how environmental conditions affected the origin and evolution of life, to recent climate changes over human history.  He is also working on new technological approaches to mitigating future climate change, including advanced energy technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, and carbon sequestration. Schrag received a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley.  He taught at Princeton before moving to Harvard in 1997.  Among various honors, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.  He currently serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST)

Moderator, Professor Mark Ratner, is Professor of Chemistry, Lawrence B. Dumas Distinguished University Professor, and Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University.


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